Audi SQ7 TDI review – diesel power has never been so appealing - MPG and running costs

Despite a size and weight disadvantage, the Audi SQ7 is fast and capable thanks to a raft of technology

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  • Drives with more poise and grip than you’d expect from a two-tonne SUV
  • It’s big and it isn’t subtle. The Vorsprung Edition doesn’t ride well enough

MPG and running costs

We averaged between 29-30mpg in our time with the SQ7, and for a diesel SUV that’s not great. However, for a performance SUV it's remarkably efficient. Audi quotes higher figures (from 32-43mpg depending on wheel size and use), but start to revel in the SQ7’s mighty performance and you won’t see much more than 30mpg.

The electromechanically adjustable anti-roll bars, unlike more conventional hydraulically adjustable ones, require no oil or maintenance so shouldn’t cost anything in the future.

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Tyres will be a big expenditure. The standard fitment is 285/45 20, and performance tyres in such a large size don’t come cheap. The optional 20 and 21-inch wheels will need even more expensive rubber.

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